In our office, we provide thorough, comprehensive vision examinations that focus on maintaining good eye health and optimal vision throughout your entire lifetime. Follow the links below to learn about eye health and issues at various life-stages.
Retinopathy (retinal changes) is a risk affecting premature babies. The retina is the lining of the inside of the eye, which is responsible for vision, if not fully developed this can result in loss of vision. Premature babies need to be evaluated during their early years for early detection. We volunteer in the nationwide InfantSEEprogram offering a free-of-charge early childhood eye health screening during a child's first year. See the InfantSEEweb site for more information and call our office to set up an examination.
Early detection is the key to resolution of many childhood eye issues. We volunteer in the nationwide InfantSEEprogram offering a free-of-charge early childhood eye health screening during a child's first year. See the InfantSEE web site for more information and call our office to set up an examination.
Even if no eye or vision problems are apparent, the American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby's first eye assessment at 6 months. Things that the Optometrist will test for include:
• excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism • eye movement ability • eye health problems
These problems are not common, but it is important to identify children who have them at this young age. Vision development and eye health problems are easier to correct if treatment begins early.
Children & School Eye Exams
Why do children need eye exams?
80% of all learning in a child's early years is done through the sense of
sight! Children often do not complain that their vision in one or both eyes is
a problem because they either simply don't realize what they aren't seeing, or
they find ways to compensate for the deficiency. Vision is a complex
process and impairments can have a great effect on a child's ability to learn
2007, Illinois passed a law that required all entering kindergartners to have a
complete eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. It has been found
that approximately 1 in 4 children have an undiagnosed vision impairment that
can impact their abilities in the classroom. These problems can cause
delays academically as well as behaviorally.
intervention is crucial to improving the quality of a child's eyesight and
therefore their successes in school and life.
What is evaluated during a comprehensive eye exam? While screenings at
school and in the pediatrician's office can show significant vision
impairments, a thorough eye exam by an optometrist can reveal concerns that
would often be missed during a simple screening. Visual Acuity: It is important to
evaluate how clearly a child is able to see at all distances with each
eye. If a child sees clearly with one eye and poorly with the other,
their condition can be masked as the "good" eye compensates for the
compromised eye. Eye Alignment and
Movements: During the course of a comprehensive eye examination, an eye
doctor will evaluate how the eye muscles work together. This is important
in checking how children are able to read, draw, and play. Depth Perception: Using both eyes
together is important in reading, playing, and so many other visual
processes. Evaluating how the eyes move together as well as examining how
the eyes perceive images together is an important step of the eye exam. Color Vision: Children with
color deficiencies often don't know that the way they perceive shades of color
is different than what others will interpret. Refraction: Young children have very
accommodating eyes that allow them to compensate for vision problems that older
kids and adults cannot. Therefore, even if a child appears to see
clearly, it is important to check that they do not have an uncorrected
prescription for glasses that is causing their eyes to work harder than they
should. Eye Health: There are many
components of a thorough eye exam that evaluate the health of the eye. It
is important to check the ocular pressures and evaluate the health of the
exterior surface of the eyes of children. This can reveal significant
irregularities as well as more common complaints like environmental allergies
that affect the eyes.
The equipment that is used in our office is very gentle and our
staff is wonderful. Kids often have fun during their exam!
Another critical step during a comprehensive eye exam is the
evaluation of the inside of the eye. In our office, we are able to take
photographs that do not cause any discomfort or lasting side effects.
Using eye drops to evaluate eye health is a secondary choice in our office.
Your child is beginning one of the biggest responsibilities thus far: DRIVING! It is imperative that they be able to see well to avoid accidents, see signs, etc. Once a child begins driver's training, our office adds the peripheral eye test to the comprehensive eye exam, as peripheral vision is so important in driving. Schedule your child for their annual eye exam as near as possible to when they begin learning to drive, to help support safety and help them to be the best driver possible.
Sports And Vision
Make sure your doctor understands the vision requirements of your sport - our doctors have prescribed the best eyewear for swimmers to range shooters - meeting their varying vision needs. Sport lenses should be made of polycarbonate or break-resistant plastic for your protection.
Not wearing glasses when competing? Be sure to talk to your doctor about protective eye wear as well. We offer a selection of sports goggles and glasses that can be fitted for prescription lenses or simply worn without a prescription to protect the eye from injury and to keep debris from entering the eye.
After Age 40
After 40 most everyone will get wrinkles and most everyone will develop presbyopia. Presbyopia is the age-related loss of flexibility in the eyes that makes fine print harder to read. When you begin to notice that reading is more difficult in low-light condition or that your arms aren't long enough to allow you to focus while reading - it is time to see us for help! A simple pair of reading glasses, bifocals or multifocal contacts will greatly help.
Age 50+ Vision Care
During the course of our lifetimes, our eyes continue to change. Many of these changes are very normal and unavoidable, while others can be less progressive when certain precautions are taken. For eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, early diagnosis is extremely important. However, even diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure can have negative effects on the eyes. There is so much more to an eye exam than simply vision correction! It is imperative to have annual eye exams after age 50. Did you know...?
Early glaucoma typically has NO symptoms? But can be detected from a single pressure test. (see Glaucoma)
High cholesterol's beginning warning signs are noticeable in the eyes.
Diabetes is the #1 cause of preventable blindness in the USA. Tiny broken blood vessels in the eye can be the first noticeable sign. We will work with your primary care physician to make sure your diabetic eyes are getting the care required. (see Diabetes)
Double vision and/or blurred vision in one eye may be an early indicator of multiple sclerosis.
Hypertension and heart problems may be detected with visible changes in blood vessels that our doctors would evaluate in your OPTOMAP retinal images.
The symptoms of age-related eye changes are also some of the same symptoms linked to serious eye diseases, such as macular degeneration. Will you know what your symptoms are indicating? (see Age Related Macular Degeneration)
Cataracts do develop, but you do not have to live with them. Your optometrist can evaluate these with the OPTOMAP retinal exam and looking into your eye. Let us help you in finding the right specialist for your cataract removal and you can continue to see us for your pre- and post-op surgical care. (see Cataracts)
If these aren't enough reasons for an annual eye exam, what are???
For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment please contact us at 630-357-6880.